ATP World Tour Finals Day 5-6
ATP World Tour Finals Round Robin Group A Friday Nov 14
1-Novak Djokovic beat 7-Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-2
4-Stanislas Wawrinka beat 9-Marin Cilic 6-3 4-6 6-3
Djokovic Beats Berdych, Secures No.1 Ranking; Wawrinka Earns Final Four Slot
atpworldtour.com: November 14 2014 London, England – Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for a third time after he completed round-robin play with a 3-0 record defeating Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-2 on Friday at The O2 in London to qualify for the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The 27-year-old Serbian previously finished at the top in 2011 and 2012 and is the seventh player to finish year-end No. 1 on three occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (5), Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe (4) and Rafael Nadal (3).
Djokovic is also only the fourth player—after Lendl, Federer and Nadal (twice)—to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. This is the 11th straight season that the year-end World No. 1 ranking has been held by Djokovic (2011-12, ‘14), Federer (2004-07, ’09) or Nadal (2008, ‘10, ‘13).
With No. 1 now secured, Djokovic’s focus narrows to winning a third consecutive Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title (and fourth title overall, following his first win in 2008). Ivan Lendl was the last player to win three straight titles at the season finale (1985-87). Djokovic is making his eighth straight appearance at the event.
Djokovic returned to World No. 1 on 7 July this year after capturing his seventh Grand Slam championship title at Wimbledon (d. Federer). Overall, he has an 18-5 record against Top 10 opponents in 2014 and has won six titles.
Djokovic first ascended to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 4 July 2011, following his maiden Wimbledon triumph, and held the top spot for 53 weeks. He reclaimed No. 1 from Federer on 5 November 2012, before relinquishing it to Nadal on 7 October 2013. Djokovic competes in London at No. 1 for the 121st week in his career.
Stan Wawrinka completed Group A round-robin play with a 2-1 record, to finish second behind Novak Djokovic (3-0), after a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic during Friday’s evening session at The O2 in London. Wawrinka will play his Swiss compatriot Roger Federer, the six-time former champion, in the semi-finals on Saturday
Third-seeded Wawrinka hit 11 winners and lost just six of his service points in the first set of their 10th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. The second set went with serve until at 4-5 on Wawrinka’s serve, when eighth seed Cilic raised his game forcing two groundstroke errors. Cilic led 2-0 and 40/15 in the decider only to see Wawrinka fight back and complete a one hour and 46-minute victory.
Wawrinka has a 38-16 match record on the season, which includes three titles. In January, he captured his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open (d. Nadal) and a few months later lifted his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Federer). Cilic, a winner of four titles in 2014, ends his season with a 54-21 match record. This season’s US Open champion made his debut at the season finale, going 0-3 in group play.
ATP World Tour Finals Round Robin Group B Thursday Nov 13
2-Roger Federer beat 5-Andy Murray 6-0 6-1
4-Kei Nishikori beat David Ferrer 4-6 6-4 6-1
Federer Keeps Perfect 3-0 Slate in Group B; Nishikori into Semifinals
atpworldtour.com: November 13 2014 London, England – Roger Federer has qualified for the semi-finals with a perfect 3-0 round-robin record at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Second seed and six-time season finale champion Federer defeated fifth seed Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1 in 56 minutes to complete Group B play at The O2 in London on Thursday. It was the 250th indoor match win of his career.
It was the joint worst tour-level loss of Murray’s career. The Briton lost to Novak Djokovic 6-1, 6-0 in the 2007 Miami Open presented by Itau semi-finals. Kei Nishikori, a winner of four ATP World Tour titles in a career-best season, qualifies for the semi-finals in second place.
Federer has an ATP World Tour-best 71-11 match record on the season, which includes five titles from 10 finals. His biggest win at the season finale came at Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai in 2005, when he defeated Gaston Gaudio 6-0, 6-0. Murray ends his campaign with a 59-20 mark in 2014, which included three titles in the final six weeks of the regular season to qualify for the seventh straight year
Nishikori won his fourth straight three-setter against David Ferrer on Thursday to stay in the hunt for a spot in the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Nishikori recorded his 55th match win of a career-best season against Ferrer, who was a replacement for the injured Milos Raonic. Nishikori hit 41 winners and won 80 per cent of his first service points in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory in just under two hours.
The first Asian singles player to compete at the season finale took a 4-0 lead in the decider and subsequently improved to an ATP World Tour-best 21-2 record in deciding sets this year. He also beat Ferrer at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Miami, Madrid and Paris. Ferrer is competing at the season finale for the sixth time. He finishes his year with a 54-24 match record.